Show us Your Cans, 2018

If you have been out on the 'Net lately, you've notice a literal boat-load of, "Alcohol in Cans," articles.  It appears that this trend is present, to be dealt with, to grow and to evolve.  We thought about it and decided to do one of our own.

The following companies showed us their cans and we share them now, with you.

art+farm wine

2018art+farm began and exists as a love story between a University of California alumnus (Kat) and a man from down under (Rob).  They began their entrepreneurial endeavors with the importation of favored Australian brands.  Naturally, what came next were vines in Napa Valley.  Now, this vibrant twosome have become two more humans, an odd-looking dog, bees and heritage breed chickens. 

Received:

  • (1 250ml Package - 2 Cans Each) St. Mayhem Ginger Loves Company
  • (1 250ml Package - 2 Cans Each) St. Mayhem Huckfest
  • (1 250ml Package - 2 Cans Each) St. Mayhem Sangria Chingon
  • (1 250ml Package - 2 Cans Each) St. Mayhem SPCY LIL F.K.R.
  • (1 250ml Package - 2 Cans Each) St. Mayhem Tao of Mint

What's outstanding about art+farm products in a can, besides the aesthetic designs are the ingredients, overall taste and the fact that two-two packs provide more than a single bottle of wine.

With some modicum of trepidation, we approached the SPCY from askance.  We read the ingredients, sipped slow.  Then, sucked it down with the fervor of a Viking.  We had the second one with Mexican food.  Normally, one  might wish to temper the subtle fire with something almost bland. 

Not us.

It's our favorite of all canned wines

2018Old Westminster Winery

Like many winery's and vineyards that we run across, Old Westminster is a family-owned and run business.  When Jay and Virginia Baker lost their three children to college, they looked around for a project and realized that the farm on which they were living was perfect for a winery.  It all started there. 

Old Westminster products are the result of complex varietals, artistry and a gentle love and appreciation of and for nature.  This is evident in the products that we tried. 
Received:

  • (1) 12 Oz Brusco
  • (1) 12 Oz Carbonic
  • (1) 12 Oz Farm Fizz
  • (1) 12 Oz Pip & Berry

All of these have a slight aftertaste which is really nice.  It really works well.  For us, if being wine in a can changes who you are in a really positive way...well, we are good with that!

What the Old Westminster Winery does is just genius!

You will find your can of Old Westminster from this link here.  The locator will be found towards the page bottom.  Seriously.

Stella Rosa Wines

Stella Rosa was born in 1917 when the Riboli's founded Los Angeles' historic San Antonio Winery.  A century later finds them still workin' it.  Customer's wanted something sweeter and lighter. 

Stella Rosa Wines was happy to deliver.

Received:

  • (1) 8.5 Fl Oz L'Originale Black
  • (1) 8.5 Fl Oz Platinum Moscato

Both of these had a vibrant, almost creamy taste to them.  The containers are akin to a can.  Perhaps, this has made a difference?  We do not know.  Nor do we care.  We've never tasted wine like this.  Ever.  And, we've had some incredible ones in the past.

Sublime.

Vital Links:

art + farm wine Old Westminster Winery Stella Rosa Wines

Down a Dark Hall (2018)

The story involves a gaggle of passionate people. The teens have been in trouble before. Hence, they are sent to continue their education and to explore their gifts at Blackwood Boarding School, via head mistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman). As it turns out, Duret's gift is to be in cahoots with spiritual beings. She then puts these spirits into contact with willing students, excepting one, who is defiant. The vessels then further the work of passed-on geniuses. This is Kit (AnnaSophia Robb). But, the genius drives them literally nuts. The only student willing to speak up is one who is only pseudo-troubled. The end result is almost just deserts.

Directed by: Rodrigo Cort├ęs

Produced by: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Adrian Guerra, Meghan Hibbett, Stephenie Meyer

  Written by: Michael Goldbach, Chris Sparling

Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, AnnaSophia Robb, Uma Thurman

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Rated: PG-13

Release date: August 17, 2018 (US)

Time: 1 Hour, 36 Minutes

Box office: 2.16 million USD


Vital Links: IMDb NY Times

November 7, 2018: Recommendations for International Merlot Day

Happy International Merlot Day!  There is an article at the wine cellar insider.com which asks, "...what are you drinking to celebrate...?"  Henceforth, we recommend the following.

Enjoy.

Hunt Cellars

2010 Merlot UnforgettableHunt Cellars is a passionate organization whose idea of family, love, passion and quality are sure to manifest in every endeavor.  They know that a wine shared with a special person will surely be remembered for a long time thereafter.  Viola - Unforgettable.

Received:

(1) 2010 Unforgettable Merlot 750ml SRP $45.00

Unforgettable is a limited edition and has a dark fruit, slightly cherry nose.  Dry.  Hunt Cellars loves merlot and it shows.  We did ourselves no favor by having it non-chilled.

Pedroncelli

PedroncelliWe've dealt with the Pedroncelli family in previous blogging endeavors.  We do so because we always like the product and the Pedroncelli representative with whom we mostly deal.  It's all a positive experience, start to finish.  They are a many-family generational business.

Received:

(2) 2016 Merlot Bench Vineyards 750ml SRP $18.00

The 2016 Merlot Bench Vineyards is a medium bodied, award-winning melody of strawberry, sage and spices which are normally used for baking.  The finish is warm and comforting.  Like wrapping up in a familiar blanket.

Sbragia Family Vineyards

The Sbragia family entrepreneurial history began in 1904 and continued until 1950 when Gino Sbragia replanted existing prune fields with grapes.  His concepts were simple.  Good grapes.  Good land.  Good techniques.

Received:

(1) 2015 Home Ranch Merlot 750ml SRP $32.00

The 2015 Home Ranch Merlot is 95% merlot and 5% sirah.  It is aged for 18-months in new and used French oak barrels.  It has 14.5% alcohol and

Stellar Organics

Stellar Organics is located at Kys Halte, just outside Vredendal, Western Cape.  This borders Namaqualand.  Well-known for the flowers which populate in the Spring and the only semi-dry biosphere hotspot on the entire globe.

Received:

(1) 2018 Stellar Organics Merlot 750ml SRP $9.99

This merlot is USDA organic, gluten free, vegan friendly, fair for life and has no added sulfites.  It comes from South Africa and has a fruit-dream nose.  Lovely and energetic.

Look here if you're wanting to try it.

Also, we suggest San Simeon's Merlot (2014).  We haven't tried it.  But, it comes highly recommended.

Links:

Hunt Cellars Merlot Day Pedroncelli Sbragia Family Vineyards Stellar Organics

Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018)

Blumhouse's...is just awful.  The dialogue is stilted and unbelievable.  Agh.

Our tale begins with a -rousing- idiotic game of Truth or Dare amongst teens.  But, there's a thing about it.  And, here's the thing.  Choose one option or the other, or die.  Agh.  We hate it when that happens!

If you pick the wrong option, you are forced to do the opposite of your choice.

When the demons involved become apparent to the audience, you cannot believe the stupid face that the victim makes.  It's like a profoundly stupid Joker look.  It's hard not to laugh at these moments of evil.

Think, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," without the charm.
Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018)
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Produced by: Blumhouse Productions

Written by: Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz

Starring: Sophia Ali, Violett Beane, Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Rated: PG-13

Release date: April 13th, 2018 (US)

Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Gross revenue: $94.80 million USD


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